High Definition Optical Discs (Blu-ray and HD DVD)

Apr 12 2011

News - Blu-ray Releases - April 12, 2011

Wow, after a couple weeks of lots to choose from we have super slim pickings this week. Cars and The Incredibles are of course classics. And besides the pick of the week, I don't even think I have heard of the others.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week


It's Harry Potter, number 104. Ok, so I exaggerate a bit but boy it sure feels like it's been a ton of these doesn't it? I'll try to catch this and update a bit more about what it's about..but if not, my guess is some magic is involved. Just a hunch.

Apr 05 2011

News - Blu-Ray Releases - April 5, 2011

You've all been making me more and more nervous with my picks, so I hope to redeem myself this week. Taxi Driver is an all time classic with Robert Deniro as a crazy cabbie. Besides that, it pretty much came down to some new releases. Little Fockers was more entertaining than I had anticipated, but it lost out simply due to being a comedy over an action film, which shows off your home theater better.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

Right off the bat Tron:Legacy had the advantage because A) I was a fan of the original, B) It has the Dude, and C) It's an action sci-fi. Honestly though, I think my expectations were much too high for this, but as I look back at the watching I was pretty entertained and the special effects were pretty awesome. The plot is basically after the original Tron movie, where the son is taken back into the world of Tron and then of course there are bad guys and good guys, and battles and car/plane chases. And the soundtrack from Daft Punk is pretty darned awesome as well.

Mar 22 2011

News - Blu-Ray Releases - March 22, 2011

A lot of Blu-ray releases this week, but I didn't see much stand out. Well, that is besides "Battle of Los Angeles." But worry not, the studios have not gone mad, this is not the one still in theaters but instead is a low budget copy cat garbage film. How they get away with things like that are beyond me. If you like Kung Fu movies, you've almost certainly seen the two Jet Li films bundled together--Fearless and Unleashed--even though the former is WAY better than the latter. With that being said...

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

This was an easy choice since it was just about the only new release besides Yogi Bear, which long time readers will know was NOT going to get my vote. That being said, The Tourist was just OK. The plot is tough to explain without giving away things, but basically Jolie and Depp have just met and are running from people trying to get Jolie, while Depp is just a humble math teacher in the Midwest who falls for her and of course suddenly is willing to risk his life for her. Chaos unsurprisingly ensues. There are some fun chase scenes and the chemistry between the two was ok, so it's worth at least a rental IMO.

Mar 15 2011

News - Blu-ray Releases - March 15, 2011

If you're a Harry Potter fan, you're in luck this week. Also, if you're a fan of movies that include monsters created by combining an Octopus and a Shark, then you're also in luck--and a bit odd. But for most, our pick of the week will be everyone's.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

Full disclosure, I'm a huge boxing fan and have been a long time Mickey Ward fan as well. For those unaware, The Fighter is the drama based on the journey Irish Mickey Ward took to win a championship. Wahlberg and Bale do great job as the brothers, and I found the film very entertaining. Although...I was a bit disappointed not to see a recreation of the Gatti Trilogy which basically made Ward into a legacy. But the movie itself was great and Bale definitely earned his Oscar, as did the woman who played Ward's mother.

Mar 09 2011

News - Disney boss says DVD 'is not dead' - yet

This was too funny not to post. I'm not sure if my busy schedule has a single thing to do with my ability to purchase movies...Netflix seems to be doing ok right?

When asked by Rose if home video or disc consumption was dead, Iger said the market was not finished, but rather 'just not as healthy as it was'. He said disc sales industry-wide were down about 15 per cent year-over-year.

'People are still buying [discs]. … They’re just not buying as many of them,' Iger said. 'And the primary reason, I would argue, is that they have other things to do'.


Mar 08 2011

News - Blu-ray Releases - March 8, 2011

It's a good week for documentaries, as Inside Job and Exit Through The Gift Shop were both Oscar nominees this year. Besides that nothing major released...another Excalibur film which I haven't seen.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

Even if there were some more blockbusters released this week there's not much that would have beaten out this Season One of one of my favorite TV series. This new show on AMC (thank goodness for something besides Mad Men from AMC) is about zombies. But it's more than just blood and guts. Based off a graphic novel, there's great story and interesting characters which made me sad to see the season end. If you haven't seen it yet, now's your chance to catch up before season two begins.

Mar 01 2011

News - Blu-ray Releases - March 1, 2011

Can you believe it's March already? Well some cool movies here. I was really tempted to pick 127 Hours as my pick of the week given all the rave reviews I've read about it, but having not seen it yet just didn't feel bad. You have to really like Johnny Depp to invest in a 7-disc set of the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy, but it's there for you.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

Remember when Anne Hathaway was this sweet, innocent actress playing princesses and other boring characters? Boy has she jumped out of that typecast with some recent roles! And here's another one, as she plays a girl with a disease who falls for a Viagra salesman for a no-strings-attached romance. But trust me, this is not very typical--at least for most of it, and I think both stars did a great job.

Feb 24 2011

News - MPAA Reaches All Time High in Box Office

We don't often post a press release, but this one was too juicy not to post given the last couple years the MPAA has been complaining about how piracy, Netflix and all things digital are tearing them down.

The report shows that global box office receipts for all films released around the world reached an all time high of $31.8 billion, an increase of 8% over 2009. The U.S./Canada market repeated its peak performance from last year but remained flat at $10.6 billion. International box office increased by 13%, with the largest growth in Asia Pacific which grew by 21%. More than 40% of the Asia Pacific box office growth occurred in China.

Feb 23 2011

News - OPPO BDP-93 Blu-ray Player Review

Oppo has really made a name for themselves in the past few years, so I'm excited to see this review from the videophiles at HDGuru.com. The results are a bit different than what I expected, but still a great player for a reasonable price of $499.99.

Oppo BDP-93

Using the Spears & Munsil High-Definition Benchmark Blu-ray I found the video processing to be well above average in all tests. With the rotating bar pattern, the only noticeable jaggies were when the bar neared horizontal (i.e. the green area). This result was echoed using the HD Ship clip. This clip is a slow pan past an old sailing ship. The rigging is a criss-cross of lines at many diagonals. Only those near horizontal had any noticeable de-interlacing jaggies, and even these were minimal.


Feb 21 2011

News - Blu-ray Releases - February 22, 2011

Another so-so week of releases, although a fair amount of TV series are out, such as one of my favorites--Weeds, Season 6--which although has diminished a bit it's still quite entertaining. Get Low was a pretty good drama/comedy as well, about an old hermit who decides to have a funeral party while he's still alive--good laughs with of course some serious twists. And then there's Alien vs Ninja, which I could not get past the trailer...but if it's your thing...you'll know before you watch it.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

Interested in watching Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis take a road trip across the country so Downey's character can arrive in LA in time for his baby's birth? I didn't have high expectations here, but I must admit there was a fair share of laughs throughout this extreme journey. Btw, if this sounds similar to Planes, Trains and Automobiles it's because, it really is quite similar. And if you haven't seen that one, please do--Steve Martin and John Candy are HILARIOUS. Still though, given this week's releases, Due Date gives a good share of laughs.

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